In about-turn, MIC decides not to join Perikatan Nasional

PETALING JAYA: MIC has retracted its application to join Perikatan Nasional, the loose coalition comprising several political parties, including most recently PPBM.

The decision by MIC, a Barisan Nasional component, was based on Umno’s decision not to join PN.

In a letter to the Registrar of Societies, sighted by FMT, the party’s secretary-general, M Asojan Muniyandy, said MIC had unanimously agreed to join PN on the assumption that BN and Umno would do the same.

“But because Umno said it has no intention of joining PN on July 29, the decision made by the MIC supreme council on July 10 is not applicable.

“Hence, until a new decision is reached by MIC’s supreme council, MIC’s PN pro tem membership is invalid.”

MIC’s decision to retract its application comes days after Barisan Nasional chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed MIC as one of the parties that will be part of PN.

Apart from MIC, the parties listed for PN’s registration as a formal coalition includes PPBM, PAS and Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR).

Earlier this month, Zahid had announced that Umno would not become part of the PN coalition. The party currently has an alliance, Muafakat Nasional (MN), with PAS. Earlier this week, PPBM was accepted as a member of MN.

On Aug 1, MIC president S Vigneswaran said the party remained committed to being a part of PN as long as BN and Umno were still in the ruling coalition.